Iraq moves to suspend ties with U.N. inspectors
October 27, 1997
Web posted at: 8:20 a.m. EST (1320 GMT)
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Parliament recommended on Monday that
Iraq suspend its cooperation with U.N. inspectors trying to
verify whether Iraq has eliminated its weapons of mass
The recommendation to "freeze" ties with the U.N. Special
Commission follows last week's U.N. Security Council
resolution threatening more sanctions against Baghdad.
The 250-member National Assembly, which debated for two days,
proposed that Iraq halt all contacts with the inspectors
"until Iraq's cooperation is recognized" and a date is set
for lifting the U.N. embargo imposed for Iraq's 1990 invasion
In a newspaper article published Monday, former Iraqi
information minister Hamed Yousif Hummadi wrote that Saddam
Hussein's government should change its attitude toward the
U.N. Special Commission set up to disarm Iraq under the 1991
Gulf War cease-fire.
One member of the Assembly -- largely a rubber-stamp body --
said a freeze would include ending U.N. inspections of Iraqi
President Hussein repeatedly has threatened to end
cooperation with U.N. inspectors, believing that the United
States and Britain will never agree to lift sanctions.
Threat of further sanctions
Last Thursday, a divided U.N. Security Council adopted a
resolution threatening to impose a travel ban on Iraqi
officials responsible for blocking U.N. weapon site
The resolution, passed by 10-0 with five abstentions --
France, Russia, China, Egypt and Kenya -- expressed the "firm
intention" of adopting measures to prevent travel abroad by
the Iraqi officials.
A further vote would be needed to put a ban into effect.
The arms inspections date to the end of Persian Gulf War in
1991, when the council ordered Iraq to destroy its long-range
missiles and chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.
The U.N. has said until Iraq adheres to the order, it will
not lift stern economic sanctions imposed after Saddam
Hussein sent his forces into Kuwait.
Reuters contributed to this report.